Capitol Hill to screen ‘Ode to My Father’ ahead of Park’s DC visit

May 19, 2015
(Courtesy of CJ Entertainment)

(Courtesy of CJ Entertainment)

A South Korean film will have a screening inside Capitol Hill for the first time next month, Yonhap reported.

“Ode to My Father,” to be shown in a theater June 3 ahead of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit, will be brought by the honorary head of the Korea Caucus, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

Royce said the screening will highlight the importance of U.S.-South Korea ties following the two wars in Korea and Vietnam, both depicted in the film.

Last year, Rangel sponsored a bill calling for North Korea to allow Korean Americans with divided families from the Korean War to reunite. It was submitted once more by Rangel and Royce this year.

The success of the film in South Korea shows just how important the issue of reunion between separated families from the war remains, Rangel said.

The screening is hosted by several Korean American organizations, including the Korean American Association of Washington Metro Area, and is sponsored by film distributor CJ Entertainment and the Embassy of South Korea.

“Ode to My Father,” directed by Yoon Je-kyoon, follows the life of a man through the Korean War, the Vietnam War and to modern-day Korea.